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SPEECH Interview with Shane Rogers Queensland Editor “The Australian” Friday 14 March 2014 Shane Roger: SR | Clive Palmer: CP SR: Good afternoon Clive and thank you for joining us CP: It’s good to be here SR: I would like to cover a few topics this afternoon CP: It’s alright SR: Can I begin, you’ve been now a politician for little over a year, if you knew then what you know now, would you still have done it? CP: Well I guess it is a duty to do it, if you get elected you have to preform to the best of your ability and if you put yourself up for election and the people have faith in you, you can’t let them down. If it's a question if it’s enjoyable, it's certainly not enjoyable. And if you think most politicians, I guess are more worried about their positions in their parties or their careers rather than the community which I found, it's a disappointment. SR: And given you obviously went in with high ambition of what you can do and what your party can do, you’ve ended up in a powerful position in the balance of power situation in a lot of incidences. What do you think is the role of your party in the system? CP: Well take the Carbon tax as an example. The Government wanted to abolish the Carbon Tax and it was fairly wishy washy whether or not the savings would be passed onto the community. So we made a firm stand and said that it had to be absolute that the savings of electricity and gas reductions in carbon tax had to be passed on. As a result, across Australia the electricity prices came down by an average of 10%. So you think you are doing something very important for the country and so being the balance of power allows you to do that sort of thing. SR: But is there a danger of, with this type of system and with so many different parties in a balance of power situation that we become ungovernable? So People listen to the budget a government puts out but they can’t believe it because they have no idea what will go through. Do we get to the stage where that becomes a major problem? CP: Well the Government have got to convince the community consistently and be under scrutiny like politicians are under scrutiny with journalists that what they are doing is the right thing for the country. It’s much worse to have a Government that has got no brakes, that it can go ahead like Campbell Newman did in Queensland and loose public support. You know we have to remember in a democracy you not there to do what one little section of the community wants. Whether it’s left or right, your there to respond what the people want and of cause that’s populous, that’s bad but that’s the basics of our democracy, so keeping politicians accountable making the Government sharpen up their sword and argue harder for their cases is only a good thing. As far as the Budget goes the reality is that 90% of the budget was passed on budget night and another 5% has been passed since 242 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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